Tuesday night was a big night of basketball in Union County as the Myrtle Hawks squared off with the Bulldogs in New Albany.
Memorial gym was rocking as both sides cheered on their favorites, but in the end it was the Myrtle fans who had the most to cheer about as their girls won 63-54 and their boys won 81-57.
The Lady Hawks worked hard in the first half to establish a sound lead over the then-undefeated Lady Dogs.
“We played good the first half. Elizabeth Cobb had some good layups and Amber Williamson made some key plays,” Lady Hawks coach Chris Greer said.
Aspriona Gilbert was the leading scorer for Myrtle with 19 points. Greer said Gilbert played her best defensive game of the season.
The Lady Hawks improved to 8-3 on the season, and the Lady Dogs added their first loss making them 5-1.
“I have to give New Albany credit. They are a great team and they are hard to beat. They are young and quick. they kept the pace of the game up,” Greer said.
New Albany’s Kebrina Lucas and Paris Sanders were two of the key players keeping the pace of the game up.
Myrtle had trouble keeping up with thier quickness at times but Cobb managed some good assists and slowed the game down to allow the Myrtle win.
The Hawks came out strong against the Dogs and played a close first half ending the openign period with a narrow 14-11 lead, but in the second period the Hawks racked up 27 point and shut down the Dogs offense allowing only 9 points.
“We played as good as we have in a while. I think our half court defense was as good as it has been all season,” Hawks head coach Jonathan Ashley said.
The Dogs Tookie Bowling had 25 points and Brandon White had another good night with 18 points, both of the above brought down some key rebounds to help their team.
Ashley said he was proud of the way his team played.
“They have a good team and it will be a battle every time we play them,” Ashley said.
Jimel Judon was on top again for Myrtle scoring 24 points with Justin Jordan close behind scoring 21.
The Bulldogs and Hawks will have a rematch during Myrtles homecoming on Dec. 7.
“Its going to a tough game. Anytime you get that Union County rivalry going its a good game,” Ashley said.